|Highest Elevation:||6420 feet|
|Duration:||About 1 hour 30 minutes|
|Shape of Trail:||Straight Through|
|Best Direction to Travel:||N/A|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Sedona|
|Official Road Name:||153|
|Management Agency:||Coconino National Forest / Red Rock and Flagstaff|
What do you see when you imagine the state of Arizona? Maybe a mangy coyote howling next to an iconic saguaro cactus. Or possibly Doc Holliday, with his finger on the trigger, ready to send one of the McLaury brothers to the afterlife. These are common visions of Arizona and its countryside. How about flying saucers, vortexes, and passages to other dimensions? While it may surprise people unfamiliar with Arizona, this is exactly how many people imagine the town of Sedona and the surrounding landscape. Sedona has become a pilgrimage destination for spiritual new-agers, and the other-worldly beauty of the local terrain has certainly added to the mystery and superstition that pervades the area to this day. Enter Schnebly Hill Road, a heavily used trail that travels east and west from Sedona through Damfino Canyon, up the side of the Mogollon Rim, past [Schnebly Hill](http://www.trailsoffroad.com/trails/1169-hot-loop), through popular Summer camping spots, and on to Interstate 17. Much to the joy of local Jeep tourist companies, hundreds of visitors pay a premium to visit this trail on a daily basis, and for good reason - they are paying to take in the perfect view of this alien landscape, which can be found at the awe-inspiring Schnebly Hill Vista. While I can't promise that you will see an alien spaceship, or find yourself in a gateway to another dimension, I can tell you that if you visit this vista you will see a scene that is par with the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, the passages of Antelope Canyon, or the famous mittens of Monument Valley. You will be hard pressed to find an area that has similar beauty, with the contrast of green foliage coalesced with tan and pink earth. The trail also offers a considerable change of scenery from a high-desert landscape displaying high cliffs to alpine countryside with piney woods and meadows. There are also several vistas and viewpoints throughout the trail. If you're in the Sedona area, you don't want to miss out on this trail. While Schnebly Hill Road is pretty tame, there are connecting trails that are a little more challenging, and there are plenty of hiking and camping areas nearby. Just don't forget to bring some crystals in case you come across a vortex.
Rutted and/or rocky road. No shelves but rocks to 9". Water crossings usually less than hub deep. Passable mud. Grades moderate, up to 15 degrees. Side hill moderate up to 15 degrees. 4WD under most conditions. No width problems, vehicle passing spots frequently available if less than two vehicles wide.Read more about our rating system
Take Schnebly Hill Road exit on this roundabout.
This is were the dirt starts. The parking lot is for those wising to hike the many trails in the area. If you do decide to park here, you'll need to have a Red Rock Pass, which you can also purchase here.
This is an excellent spot to stop and view Schnebly Hill Vista from bellow. You'll be lookup up at it through Damfino Canyon.
There is a large rock in the middle of the road that can sometimes create a good sized ledge depending on how much erosion has occurred since the last time the road was maintained. You can usually go around it to the side closes to the canyon, but it can also be a fun obstacle to climb or descend.
Here you get to drive under a beautifully formed rock formation that overhangs the road.
This parking lot is here for people wanting to hike the Hangover Trail. It also connects with the Munds Wagon Trail that goes west to the parking lot closer to Sedona, and east further up the canyon.
There is a narrow bridge here with a sharp U-corner on the upward side making visibility difficult. Take it slow so you don't run into someone coming the other way. The approach and departure from this bridge can at times get eroded away proving a ledge to climb up onto the bridge.
This spot provides an excellent view of Sedona.
Just at the top of the switchbacks that take you along the Mogollon Rim, you'll find a stopping point where you can take in the astonishing view.
Continue straight on Schnebly Hill Road at this intersection. You can access the western end of Hot Loop and FR 153A at this intersection. Dispersed camping areas can be found east of here.
Continue straight on Schnebly Hill Road at this intersection. You can access the eastern end of FR 153A at this intersection.
Continue straight on Schnebly Hill Road at this intersection. This side road goes to the a small microwave radio tower connected with the larger KQST-FM Sedona radio station broadcasting tower. It's not opened to visitors.
Continue straight on Schnebly Hill Road at this intersection. This side road also goes to the radio towers.
Continue straight on Schnebly Hill Road at this intersection. You can access the eastern end of Hot Loop and Jacks Canyon Road at this intersection.
There is a beautiful meadow located here that can sometimes be filled with water. It also provides a few camping sites.
Continue straight on Schnebly Hill Road at this intersection. You can access a large camping area here that is very popular, especially if you have a group that wants to camp together.
Here you'll find Interstate I-17 on and off ramps. Just west of here is a Y in the road with Schnebly Hill Road and Little Antelope that contains a road maintenance station.
Trailhead Coordinates: 34.861970, -111.761440